Boxing Prospects

The Best in Northwest Boxing Coverage

Featuring Award winning Writing and Photography from Mike Blair and Ricardo Ibarra

Email Mike Blair or Ricardo Ibarra

Upcoming Fights or Other News

Emerald Queen Casino June 15th

Austin Brooks

12 0 0

VS

10

Aram Avagyan

11 1 2

super feather

Kingsley Ibeh

12 2 1

VS

8

Juan Torres

11 6 1

heavy

Tsotne Rogava

7 0 0

VS

8

Jon Bolden

10 13 1

heavy

Nilo Guerrero

8 0 0

VS

6

Diuhl Olguin 

16 37 7

super feather

Nathan Stolen

1 0 0

VS

4

Julio Munoz Jr 

0 0 1

super welter

Agustin Tovar

1 0 0

VS

4

Robert Jimenez 

0 2 0

light

Undefeated Austin Brooks to defend his WBA Continental USA Featherweight title vs. 2016 Armenian Olympian Aran Avagyan


LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2024) – Toro Promotions, Inc., in association with Whitfield Haydon Boxing, returns June 15th to the famed Emerald Queen Casino (EQC) in Tacoma, Washington, to showcase its powerful stable of professional boxers on the “EQC Fight Night” card.


Undefeated Austin Brooks (12-0, 5 KOs), fighting out of La Mesa (CA), defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental super featherweight title for the first time, versus 2015 Armenian Olympian Aram “Warrior” Avagyan (11-1-2, 5 KOs) in an All-Toro 10-round main event.


Brooks, 28, captured his WBA Continental USA belt in his last fight, when he knocked out previously unbeaten (7-0) Jose Manuel Izaguirre in the seventh round this past February 10th in Long Beach, California. Brooks, a southpaw, has fought only once at EQC, which ended in a six-round technical knockout of Anthony Chavez (11-3-1) on August 26, 2023.


Avagyan, now living in Burbank (CA), was a two-time bronze medalist in the European Championships as an amateur, in addition  to representing his country at the 2016 Olympics. His most recent fight, after nearly three years of inactivity, was on April 12th in Colorado, in which his opponent, Juan Santiago, was unable to continue after three rounds.


Red-hot, power broker and 2020 Ukraine Olympian, Tsotne Rogava (7-0, 7 KOs), continues his accelerated march to a world heavyweight rating, when the 6’ 5”, 270-pounder takes on battle-tested Jon Bolden (10-13-1, 7 KOs), of Seattle, in the eight-round co-featured event.


A champion kickboxer who has successfully transitioned to boxing, the Georgia-native and Ukraine-raised Rogava has won his last four fights via first-round stoppages, and he’s only fought a grand total of nine rounds in seven pro bouts to date. Rogava now resides in Marina del Rey (CA), and he is trained by Hall of Famer Joe Goossen.


Toro Promotions has an imposing group of gifted and large heavyweight, including Rogava, Dante Stone (16-1, 11 KOs), Alexander “The Great” Flores (19-4-1, 17 KOs) and another rising prospect, Kingsley “The Black Lion” Ibeh (12-1, 10 KOs), who will also be in action on the June 15th show.


Ibeh, who is a native of Nigeria who now resides in Phoenix, is a cousin of the retired, infamous heavyweight boxer Ike Ibeabuchi. The 6’ 4”, 300-pound Ibeh played football in college (Washburn U.) as well as professionally in the Canadian Football League.


Veteran mixed-martial-arts fighter Juan Torres (11-6-1, 4 KOs), the former Texas and ABF USA heavyweight champion, will challenge Ibeh in the eight-round Special Heavyweight Attraction.  
Undefeated Nicaraguan super featherweight prospect Nilo Guerrero (8-0, 1 KO), a 2016 Nicaragua Youth National Champion who lives in Coachella (CA), faces 60-fight veteran Diuhi “Elegante” Olguin in a six-round match. Guerrero, 23, skillfully uses his abnormal 6’ 1” height (and length) to a tremendous advantage thus far in the super featherweight division.


Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in four-rounders is Hoquiam (WA) super welterweight Nathan “Superman” Stolen (1-0, 1 KO), another MMA fighter who has fought in the highly respected Bellator, vs. Julio Munoz, Jr. (0-0-1),  of Tucson, and Auburn (WA) lightweight Agustin Tovar (1-0) vs. Robert Jimenez (0-2), of Nampa, Idaho.


Card subject to change.


Tickets are on sale now for $70.00 and $45.00 and may be purchased online at https://emeraldqueen.com/boxing/ or by calling (253) 594-7777.  Tickets purchased at the Emerald Queen Shop are eligible for up to a 20-discount, plus no taxes or processing fees. Must be 21 years of age to attend. Doors open at 6 p.m. PT, first bout at 7 p.m. PT.

 

Yakima Legends Casino June 28th

 

Mandeep Jangra

7 0 0

VS

10

 

Josue Cadena

5 0 0

 

super feather

 

 

Gerardo Esquivel

5 4 1

VS

8

 

Piotr Apostol

6 0 0

 

light

 

 

Andrew Murphy

8 0 0

VS

8

 

Robelle Rogers

6 3 0

 

super middle

 

 

Devontae McDonald

4 4 0

VS

6

 

Billy Wagner

5 4 0

 

middle

 

 

Cade Howell

5 1 0

VS

4

 

Kevin Davila 

5 13 3

 

welter

 

 

Carlos Villanueva

6 3 0

VS

4

 

Brandon Colantonio

3 0 0

 

cruiser

 

Roy Jones Jr and matchmaker Keith Weir have slated an action-packed fight card for the June 28th show at Legends Casino in Toppenish, Washington.


In the main event, Mandeep Jangra will face Josue Cadena in a ten round super feather weight bout. Jangra and Gerardo Esquivel were engaged in the fight of the night as the semi-main event at the last Roy Jones show in Toppenish, and Cadena will enter the ring bringing all the skill and talent of Esquivel that frustrated Jangra early in the fight. Jangra, with an unbeaten record, has shown the ability to make adjustments mid fight to turn the momentum to his favor. Both of these men are deserving of a main event fight.


In the semi-main event, Gerardo Esquivel will go to battle against unbeaten Piotr Apostol in an eight-round lightweight bout. Fans should not be fooled by the four losses on Esquivel’s record. Those losses have come on his opponent’s home turf, and though in the end they were unanimous decision losses, the result swung on the outcome of one or two rounds. Apostol has shown some power, winning two bouts by way of the TKO, but just as impressive is the fact that in his unanimous decision wins, he has lost only three rounds on the judges’ score cards.


Local fighter Andrew Murphy will bring his unbeaten record in to the ring to face Robelle Roberts who is making the trip west from Lexington, Kentucky for this eight-round super middleweight bout. In his last appearance at Legends, Murphy was in tough when facing Devontae McDonald. Murphy, in that bout, showed the ability to make adjustments to combat McDonald’s power with heavy shots of his own in order to claim the win in the closing rounds. Roberts is on a two bout win streak after claiming shutout wins over the course of ten rounds. While Murphy has an edge in the knockout category, both men carry the power to end a fight quickly.


Devontae McDonald earned the right to fight on this card after his battle with Andrew Murphy on the last one. McDonald will step in to fight Billy Wagner in a six round middleweight bout. This looks to be another of the evenly matched fights on the card. Both men have one once by knockout, both men have lost four bouts, and Wagner has the edge in the win column, by one fight, due to his having fought once more than McDonald. Though McDonald has lost his previous two entries in the ring, both have been close, the result swinging on the outcome f one or two rounds.


Fight fans know that there are times when looking at a fighter’s record is not the best way to judge what they bring to the ring. For instance, Kevin Davila, who has lost thirteen times, has yet to be in a lopsided bout. He will face Cade Howell in a four round welterweight battle, Howell brings tot eh fight an impressive four wins by knockout in his six fights, but don’t go looking for an easy KO in this fight as Davila has only lost one of twenty-one by knockout. This will be only the second time that Howell has faced a fighter with as much ring experience as Davila, and this one should go the distance.


In another of the interesting matches on the card, local favorite Carlos Villanueva will face unbeaten Canadian Brandon Colantonio in a four round cruiserweight fight. Villanueva is on a four bout win streak, with his last win coming against unbeaten Alberto Rivas on the last Legends card. Colonantonio will be fighting for the second time outside of his native Canada, and he returned home with a win after his last trip. This proves to be in interesting match between two big men who while possessing knockout power, have proven to fight strategically in order to win.

Tickets are avalable by clicking HERE.

The fights begin at 7 pm.

Arena Wars, June 29th Medford Armory

Alex Cazac

4 2 0

VS

Abraham Martin

6 2 1

Light heavy

Keaneo Moyer

debut

VS

Leon Cavalli

1 4 0

light

Anthony Cruz Herrera

1 0 0

VS

TBA

Super bantam

Anthony Alvarado

2 0 0

VS

Dylan Carlson

2 8 2

middle

Angel Manrajos

debut

VS

Kevin Mendez Ochoa

2 0 0

welter

Haidon Allen

1 0 0

VS

TBA

super feather

 

 

Updated April 25, 2024. The Pacific Northwest Rankings. See which NW fighters make their debut and which ones move up or down in this edition of the rankings. Let the discussion begin - there is a bit of movement in the newest rankings, and some inactive fighters have been dropped.

Waxing Philosophically. Updated January 16, 2023. Where I address: World (well mostly US) Changes;  Corona19 Changes; Politics, Behavior and Cuba; New Tribalism; Accept, Adjust, Adapt; Civility; Misrepresenting Free Speech; Village Idiots; Stop Blaming Someone Else; Solving Climate Change; Accountablilty: Schools, Teachers, Students, Parents, Government; Free Speech?; What are politicians supposed to DO?; Letting Go of Daily Stress; How US lawmakers are playing you; Travelling to TURKEY - plan your excursion today; An email exchange that points out what is wrong and what is right in Education today; Why Banks Are Failing; New TSA screening procedures; Namecalling and Socialism; Bottom Feeders in School, Fans Being a Bit Too Over Anxious; H1N1, 'What Happens in Vegas...', Carry On Luggage, Complaining about Education, 'Existential threats', A High School Musical, The Gallup experience, Non Partisan Politics; Boxing vs MMA, AUSTRALIA! negative campaign adverts, shouts from the crowd, pros and amateurs, ring announcers, contract weights. Because everyone deserves my opinion.

Arena Wars Seven Bouts and a Sold Out Auditorium

Aguilar and Cardenas take AW Belts; Cardenas-Caldera fight early leader for PNW fight of the year

March 20, 2024

Roy Jones Junior and Legends Casino Hotel

Andrew Murphy and Mandeep Jangra claim NBA Titles on an action packed fight card

January 25, 2024

The Emerald Queen Casino and Toro Promotions

Heavyweight Contenders Hovhannisyan, Rogava and Stone highlight an action packed fight night

January 4, 2024

Makina Boxing Promotions at Green River College

Hernandez and De La Cerda remain unbeaten, McDonald claims victory in rematch

October 21, 2023

Makina Promotions

Gallegos edges to win in Main Event; Diezel scores Majority Decision in Co Main

April 15, 2023

WhiteDelight Promotions in Medford Oregon

Bryan Sanchez Out Duels Troy Wohosky in Main Event; Sims scores First Round KO

October 29th, 2022

2024 Fight Schedule *

June 15th Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington

June 28th, Roy Jones Boxing, Legends Casino, Toppenish, Washington

June 29th Arena Wars, Medford Oregon

More to come...

*Subject to Change

Women Boxing Archive Network - If you want to know what is happening in the world of women's boxing, the answers are here.
Deborah J Miller - Debbie Miller is an artist and training with former figher Eliza Olson. She captures the essence of fighters in her paintings.
Brian Halquist Productions - Get the latest news on upcoming fights, concerts and other events staged by the northwest's premier promoter
Fight News - We like it because Ricardo Ibarra reports for them.
Flat Puss Boxing - Richard Baker's homage to boxing
Twelve Round News on Twitter and on the web
Shanon Klink - Need a 'voice' for an event? Look here. Shanon is slick, professional and a crowd pleaser.
Fight Beat - If it's boxing news, odds are you'll find it here
CyberBoxingZone - Look for news in the boxing world at this multifaceted site.
Northwest Fight Scene - The Northwest's Premiere Fightlife and Nightlife Magazine
SaddoBoxing.com - It will do you good to keep up with what our British friends see in the world of boxing.
BoxRec - A site with boxer's records and opponents
BigJoe'sPics - Big Joe Miranda is one of the bigger men and bigger names in fight photography. He doesn't miss much.
MyBoxingFans.com - Read about , and watch what Edgar Gonzalez sees in the world of boxing.
Pound4Pound - A bit of News, a bit of History, a whole lot of what happens in southern California and las Vegas